Vindication for hard work is one of those great things in life the world of sports can provide. That is exactly what the Music City Bowl provided for the Louisville Cardinals and of their players.
A proud program, the now-Atlantic Coast Conference based Cardinals winged into the 21stMusic City Bowl with a bit of a chip on their shoulder. Fresh off a 2-10 campaign in 2018, first year coach Scott Satterfield was eager restore the feathers to a team that had flown to eight consecutive winning seasons (2010-2017).
A 7-5 regular season mark in Satterfield’s first stalking of the sidelines in the Derby City had landed the Cardinals in Nashville. To punctuate the turnaround for Louisville, what better way to prove oneself than to take on the mighty SEC and a physical Mississippi State squad. Thusly the stage was set.
A quick scroll down the Cardinal roster revealed a local kid that had ventured north with a division 1 goal on his mind. Nick Okeke graduated from Smyrna high school in 2016 with a love for the game. With his older brother, Ikenna, laying leather as a defensive back at Texas A & M, this Okeke was eager to follow in the family footsteps.
Not highly recruited out of high school, Nick worked on his skills and blossomed physically. Given a redshirt opportunity by the Cardinals in 2017, Okeke put in the work and continued to focus on a path that would get him… continue reading here